HALIFAX – Halifax is small enough that you learn the names and faces of the homeless and impoverished folks who have taken to panhandling or busking to get by. Probably the most well-known gentleman was affectionately called the “Clyde Street Pirate” because of his eye-patch. His name was Chris Doyle and he passed away this week after having a heart attack.
Chris seemed like a friendly, happy guy. He gave great high fives and liked to tell ladies “You’re breaking my heart”! I have a feeling he liked being in front of the Clyde Street NSLC because of the constant stream of students who often stopped to joke around with him.
Seeing Chris around town was a part of growing up in Halifax. I saw him not even a week ago. It is safe to say that he was something like a local celebrity. He will be sorely missed by many, many people in Halifax.
Donations in memory of Chris can be made to one of the below organizations that work to help the homeless in different ways, (in-kind donations of volunteering are also accepted):
– Halifax Housing Help
– Raising the Roof
– Hope Cottage
– ARK Outreach
– Pheonix House
– Food Not Bombs
– Feed Nova Scotia
– Brunswick Street Mission
– Saint Leonard’s Society
– Metro Turning Point
– Barry House
Let me know about other groups that help the homeless and I’ll add them to this list.
I hope that this serves as a reminder to treat people with dignity and generosity. Chris’ story is at an end, but there are many other folks living in Halifax in similar circumstances who also deserve support and love.
*Photo by gLangille